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Sunday, 23 November 2014

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Cumbrian man jailed for attack on ex-partner

A man has been jailed for 60 days for attacking his former partner and damaging her laptop computer.

John Richard Hope, 38, of Park End Road, Workington, pleaded guilty to assault and criminal damage.

He appeared at West Cumbria Magistrates’ Court where he was sentenced to 60 days in prison for the assault and 14 days for the damage, to run concurrently.

There was a dispute over the circumstances of the assault, which happened on March 1, but district judge Gerald Chalk told Hope that he was sentencing him on the basis of his account of what happened.

He added: “I have to place that in the context of it being the third assault on the same woman in 12 months.”

He also made a restraining order for seven years against contacting the victim.

Linda Vance, prosecuting, said Hope had argued with the victim and grabbed her by the wrist and pushed her on to a sofa. He continued to shout at her then let her go, but knocked her laptop computer out of her hands, resulting in £500 worth of damage.

The court heard that since his arrest Hope had voluntarily completed an alcohol awareness course and a detoxification programme.

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